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Was it COVID-19 that worked favorably for the incumbent governor? Was it because the ruling Liberal Democratic Party didn’t field a candidate? There could be many reasons why Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike won a second term in Sunday’s election.

It was unfortunate that the lackluster campaign failed to garner much public attention despite Tokyo being the nation’s capital. But the election result should not be easily dismissed as it has many implications for national politics. The lessons to be learned are not only for Tokyoites, but also for people nationwide.

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